Did you know that CbusFoodBloggers consists of over 50 different bloggers/instagrammers? Some of us you may already stalk follow, and others you haven’t yet had the chance to meet! In an effort to help our readers get to know us and the bloggers behind our group, we conduct monthly interview highlighting one of our members. This month, we have Brooke Piergallini from Babbling Brooke!

 

  1. How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?

Since I was a young girl food has been an important part of my life. My dad owned a restaurant and market in my early years, I worked at my uncle’s event planning and catering business throughout high school, and some of my most fond memories were spent in the kitchen making Italian favorites with my grandmother. As cliche as it sounds, I believe food brings people together. Trying new restaurants with my friends and family became a social affair for me. I slowly started sharing “foodie pics” and became the go-to girl amongst my friends for Columbus favorites. My blog is centered around my foodie bucket list, and as a yopro I strive to find the best eateries, hang outs, and people in the city of Columbus.

  1. What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?

I would have to say “Doby pasta.” Bet you have never heard that one before! Doby is my dad and what a lovely man he is. My dad created his signature pasta while cleaning out our fridge. He threw together a penne pasta with an oil olive sauce, and sautéed spinach, feta, and diced tomatoes. You’ll have to come over for dinner some time to try it!

  1. What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?

The Columbus food scene is ever changing. New places continue to pop up and the diverse selection is out of this world. You could easily try a new restaurant every night and not eat at the same place twice. Food connoisseurs are filled with drive and passion to deliver creative dishes.

  1. What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?

I have been dying to try Basi Italia. I have heard so many great things. I hope to try it during the warm weather because I want to take full advantage of their gorgeous patio. Reservations are tough to come by, which I take as a good sign! I’ll let you know once I check it out!

  1. What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?

Cooper’s Hawk – Gnocchi with roasted butternut squash was a delightful dish! Roasted portobello mushrooms and a sage brown-butter cream sauce tie this dish together. I could eat this a million times over and of course, pair it with a glass of their signature wine.

  1. Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?

Located at the corner and Bethel and Sawmill, you will find Panini Opa. It is a heavenly collaboration of Italian and Greek cuisine (two of my favorites)! You can get anything from a roasted vegetable pasta to a gyro. It’s fast casual and top notch quality! Their falafel greek salad is my personal favorite.

  1. What is your favorite locally made food product?

Jeni’s Ice Cream hands down! I think Jeni is brilliant. I look forward to her new and out of the box creations. Jeni’s is loyal to their roots and is always proud to call Columbus home.

  1. Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?

After graduating from The Ohio State University in May of 2017, I began my career at Nationwide Financial. I work in Life Insurance as a Regional Internal Consultant

  1. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!

I had the pleasure of meeting our 44th President Barack Obama! He traveled to my grandfather’s farmer while on the campaign trail in 2008. I miss him!

Thanks Brooke! Be sure to check our her blog Babbling Brooke. You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter.

Interviewed by:
erin
Erin, the Spiffy Cookie

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